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Water Damage to Your Chicago Furniture Store

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

the inside of a furniture store There cannot be any delay if your furniture store is facing water damage issues. Team SERVPRO is standing by to mitigate your emergency situation.

SERVPRO's Rapid Response After an Event Can Greatly Reduce Damage

When the main inlet pipe breaks in the building housing your furniture store, the investment you have made in showroom inventory is at certain risk of severe water damage. The arrival of SERVPRO water mitigation specialists after that is your best bet, helping your and your staff sort out the mess.

Commercial water damage could be the end of your Chicago furniture business, but not if we are summoned quickly to assist. Chances are good that the store’s square footage will not incur much damage, its walls and floor typically composed of cinder block or concrete. You and we can concentrate instead on the cozy living room arrangements, dining room sets, and bedroom suites your customers enjoyed viewing and trying out. They may be sodden, but our technicians are ready to use their training and experience to clean and dry them. Using professional strength pumps and extractors, our team will remove as much water as possible from the area and the furnishings. If your showroom is carpeted, we will assess whether that floor covering can be cleaned and dried. Padding often must be replaced, but carpets can be surprisingly resilient. If area rugs were on display, we may take some of them off-site to thoroughly dry them.

SERVPRO will work closely with you and your insurance company to determine whether the furniture on exhibit in your store can or should be salvaged. Our staff has been educated in advanced upholstery drying, using air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the job. If the furniture just got “its feet wet” during the flooding, the water damage may be reversible. Standing or cascading water that soaked entire pieces will be more difficult to remove and the pieces trickier to restore. It is crucial that the restoration efforts start immediately after the water damages the times as microbial growth can begin within 48 hours. Great care must be taken not to sell items that have the potential to harbor fungi or other hazardous substances.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is ready to assist if your furniture business suffers water damage from a plumbing fail. Consider a call to (773) 337-3993 before disaster strikes to set up an Emergency Ready Plan, but know we will be there to help ERP or not.

Keep Your Chicago Commercial Site Open for Business after a Water Problem

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

red umbrella stormy weather tall buildings It takes more than a red umbrella to protect your Chicago commercial building from water damage. Just call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Helps Keep Businesses Open After Water Damage

Department stores and retail establishments throughout the surrounding area should consider developing a relationship with local restoration providers early on; this way, you have an opportunity to give the company you choose any pertinent information that helps them gain access to your building and provide the services your business needs to survive an emergency situation.

Often water damage cases in the Chicago area require access to a professional restoration company that provides 24-hour emergency services that help keep your business running and limit exposure to inventory, which helps prevent additional damages from forming and large-loss situations from occurring.

SERVPRO technicians can answer your call and begin handling your emergency immediately; the information you provide and your preparations directly impact the success of the restoration services you require.

With a water damage event occurring on your property, you only have 24 to 48 hours to get things under control before the possibility of mold contamination and additional damages to structural materials begin to develop. Hesitating can cause significant damage to stored products and capital investments.

Moisture in your walls can cause walls to warp and ceilings to sag. With enough exposure, water can do much damage. Structural degradation can mean lost revenue through closures and expensive repairs.

SERVPRO can provide you with any of the services you need to gain control of the water damage event affecting your business while protecting your investment.

SERVPRO services involve more than using water extractors to remove standing water or providing air dryers and advanced cleaning services. We can provide the difference between losing an entire store of merchandise and going out of business or re-opening within a couple of days.

Give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call today to begin building a professional relationship that could make the difference between saving or closing your business. (773) 337-3993

How You Can Get Help Eliminating Water Damage In Your Chicago Business

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

people in a restaurant eating and drinking Water damage at your restaurant location would certainly slow down business. Contact our SERVPRO team to quickly assess and formulate a plan.

Limit the Effects of Commercial Water Damage in Your Chicago Restaurant Through Expert Restoration

Restaurants play a vital role in the social, business, artistic, and intellectual life of a thriving society. Sanitation is essential to the health of the patrons and the continued operation of a restaurant. When a water loss incident occurs in a food-related business, health authorities can regard it as unsanitary and therefore unfit to operate.

The other risk associated with commercial water damage in your Chicago restaurant is mold growth. The presence of mold can lead to citations and lawsuits from the health department. The other thing you may have to deal with is loss of revenue until you reopen your restaurant. After a water loss incident, you should take the following precautions:

  • Do not operate water-ruined equipment until professionals have cleaned and disinfected it.
  • Do not operate water-ruined electrical or gas equipment and hot water systems until a competent utility technician has checked it. 
  • Avoid walking through standing water because it may contain hazardous contaminants.

It is critical to clean and dry damp physical structures in your restaurant thoroughly and quickly to prevent microbial growth. SERVPRO can help you complete the restoration process quickly. 

Indoor environments usually have microbes. They are part of the ecological system, and it is not possible to eliminate them by applying antimicrobial and biocide products. However, if bacteria reproduce and grow in indoor environments, they can cause health effects. 

If you do not mitigate a category one sanitary water situation for 48 to 72 hours, microbes can amplify. They can increase contamination in your restaurant and turn a category one water damage into a category two or category three situation. Our SERVPRO AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians can act fast to prevent microbial contamination from worsening as time passes. 

We control microbial growth by applying biocides and eliminating moisture. We can remove moisture by reducing humidity levels and drying the affected areas using air moving and dehumidification equipment. We concentrate on drying a structure quickly to minimize moisture levels. We can also remove any contaminated materials from your business premises and dispose of them appropriately. 

Dealing with a water intrusion problem in your restaurant can be challenging. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for help. We have the expertise to make the problem seem “Like it never even happened.”

What Areas of Chicago Offices Are Most Affected by Water Damage?

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded office with water all over the floor When disaster strikes your business, contact SERVPRO. Our certified technicians can help remediate and mitigate the commercial water damage.

Experienced water restoration professionals like ours help quickly manage water mitigation for Chicago businesses.

The experience of our water restoration professionals plays a role in how quickly and completely leaks and burst pipes are managed and repaired. We provide a full-service solution for these threats to your facility.

The Structural Impact of Water Leaks

One of the first considerations regarding water cleanup for offices in Chicago is the direct impact of moisture and moving water on structural elements. Because our SERVPRO team also has a general contractor license, we can help to repair and reconstruct damaged areas like:

  • Ceiling Assemblies – With many plumbing fixtures and pipes stored in the ceiling assembly, a leak or burst can impact the ceiling assembly materials first. 
  • Flooring Materials – Gravity forces water to pool along the floors and begins to saturate into low-pile, glue-down carpeting common to office buildings. 
  • Plumbing Networks – In addition to the structural damage to building materials, the damage to the plumbing system also must be corrected by our competent contractors. 

Damaged Contents and Equipment

We work quickly to protect contents, equipment, electronics, and furniture from open areas of the office. Pooling water or damp conditions can lead to irreparable harm for these contents, making relocation and cleaning critical.

Moist Conditions Encourage Mold

One of the threatening situations in allowing moist conditions to persist over several days is the likely development of damaging mold colonies. In 48-72 hours of consistent damp environments, naturally occurring mold spores can begin to land on moist hosting materials and form into colonies. Beyond the health effects of active colonies, mold is very destructive to hosting elements, making reconstruction a larger need. 

Post-water damage scenarios for office buildings can be greatly destructive without immediate action from qualified and experienced restoration professionals. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team has WRT-certified technicians that can mobilize fast to help when you call (773) 337-3993.

Cleaning Up After Fire Extinguishment in Chicago Shops

2/6/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged commercial building with debris and soot everywhere You have to act fast when a fire causes damage at your business. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for fire damage remediation and mitigation services.

With several types of extinguishment methods, fire damage cleanup in Chicago businesses can vary.

There are multiple methods of extinguishing fires. No matter which option is chosen, some chemical residue or water damage is left behind to threaten the property differently. Our SERVPRO team evaluates these concerns and provides direct cleaning and recovery solutions.

Removing Affected Contents and Wares

Fire damage to Chicago businesses can result in substantial damage and destruction to wares and inventory of the shop. Our responding professionals prioritize performing necessary actions for cleaning these impacted items, moving them to safe locations, and other needed efforts. Our professionals help with:

  • Cataloging damage
  • Inventory management
  • On-site relocation
  • Off-site cleaning and recovery

Fire Extinguisher Residues

In many cases, the chemical compounds used in fire extinguishers for shops or residential use feature sodium bicarbonate or potassium bicarbonate. Cleaning up the residues these units leave behind is treated with the same severity as soot removal. Cleaners in our inventory with alcohol bases can neutralize and remove chemical residues left behind after extinguishment.

Water Damage Present in the Property

One of the more popular methods of stopping an active fire in a business is water. Whether it is an installed sprinkler system or the efforts of responding firefighting professionals, water is a conventional approach to putting out the flames. This approach also leaves standing water and pooling throughout the property that our experienced professionals must address with extractors, drying tools, and other equipment.

The various methods to extinguish and quell spreading fire damage can leave residues and substances to clean. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team can appreciate the urgency in getting your shop’s doors back open as soon as possible, and we work fast to eliminate hazardous suppression residues and water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call today at (773) 337-3993.

How SERVPRO Helps Property Managers Coordinate With Insurers After Fire Damage To A Chicago Apartment

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo & equipment If you find yourself in need of assistance with fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO at (773) 337-3993.

SERVPRO, Property Managers, and Insurers Will Work Together to Save Your Chicago Apartment

Fire breaking out in one of your properties is one of the worst nightmares for any property manager. Ablaze damages your property and often leads to an expensive cleanup bill as well as the inconvenience of having it cleaned to remedy soot and flame damage.

After fire damage to your Chicago apartment building, there is a lot to consider. One of the things you need to think about is liaising with your manager and your property firm's insurance company.

SERVPRO is on hand to thoroughly clean your property and mitigate as much soot and fire damage as possible. We are also able to help you when it comes to getting in touch with insurers and keeping the top managers of your property rental agency in the loop.

Our industry software is useful for generating forms and lists. We can detail both salvageable and unsalvageable items and building elements so you can give your insurance adjuster a clear picture of the state of the property after the blaze. We assist in coordinating some of the paperwork and writing up and passing along a detailed plan of action for damage mitigation.

Of course, the plan of action we draw up for you is based on our professional fire cleanup and damage remediation service. SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians are trained in all aspects of assessment and cleaning after a fire.

Our team inspects your property to ascertain the extent of the harm caused by the flames and the resulting smoke and soot. We use the information from our assessment to devise the best plan of action for restoring your property as completely and as quickly as we can.

The amount of cleaning necessary depends on how bad the fire was. We employ a range of cleaning methods and materials to remove soot from surfaces and use powerful UV washers to deep clean smaller items. Any salvageable soft furnishings can be cleaned using industry-leading Esporta washers that push detergent deeper into the material for a better result.

SERVPRO also tackles odor removal to get your rental property smelling fresh and ready to be inhabited again. We use thermal fogging equipment to remove smoke odors effectively.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Do not let the aftermath of the fire give you an insurance headache. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 today.

SERVPRO Saves Chicago Establishments Time and Money in Water Cleanup

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

standing water in office hallway; wet carpet Water damage to your establishment can cost you both in terms of downtime and repair expenses.

SERVPRO Offers Chicago Businesses a Fast and Dependable Water Cleanup Service

Water damage to your establishment can cost you both in terms of lost time and repair expenses. It would help if you had professionals like SERVPRO for the water cleanup of your Chicago business who have the training, equipment, and experience to handle the situation. 

The IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians use a targeted approach backed by scientific principles for the water cleanup of your Chicago commercial space. Our restorers measure the thermodynamic properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point to evaluate the air conditions and determine whether these conditions are favorable for drying. The technicians then manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions that do not result in secondary damages. 

What is Humidity Ratio and how SERVPRO Techs use it During Water Restoration of Your Chicago Property?

The humidity ratio is the actual amount of moisture in the air. It is usually expressed as the weight of moisture (in the number of grains) per pound of air. The aim of SERVPRO technicians during water restoration of your Chicago property is to produce air conditions resulting in a low humidity ratio causing evaporation of moisture from wet surfaces.

A low humidity ratio air has little moisture in it and consequently favors faster evaporation. The two ways by which SERVPRO techs can reduce the humidity ratio of the atmosphere are by:

  • Removing the excess moisture using dehumidifying equipment, and
  • Replacing the heavy, moisture-laden air with drier and lighter air using air movers

SERVPRO techs use these pieces of equipment to produce low humidity ratio conditions to speed up the drying process. Technicians measure, document, and monitor the humidity ratio to create an optimum drying environment.

Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993; we are available round the clock to offer assistance.

Need Water Removal and Cleanup Fast in Downtown Chicago

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Regardless of the way your property was affected by water, SERVPRO is the effective company for water removal services. Call right away.

Call SERVPRO for Commercial Water Removal in Downtown Chicago

In Downtown Chicago, there are many office buildings and small businesses along with restaurants and retail stores. They all have kitchen facilities and bathrooms for their employees, and of course, restaurants have large kitchens to create mouth-watering meals for their patrons. Unfortunately, drains sometimes are plugged, or a sink overflows, and there is a flood of water in the immediate area which can migrate to other rooms and floors.

SERVPRO provides water removal and cleanup services in Downtown Chicago for commercial customers who need their businesses open. We appreciate how important it is to serve your customers and office employees to be able to be at work. When water spreads to other floors, it can impact other business tenants in office buildings. We can assist them as well and mitigate the damage in their office space.

Our highly trained team of experts can be onsite within four hours of your call. We have equipment on standby to deploy to remove water and begin drying operations. From truck-mounted pumps to weighted water removal vacuums and high-capacity air movers, we have the tools needed to return your business to normal operations as quickly as possible.

When water leaks to the floor below, it may accumulate in the ceiling tiles, going unnoticed until a ceiling tile caves in, delivering a flood of water on unsuspecting office workers. We can check for water accumulation and take action to avoid further damage in these situations.

Our commercial water removal services include:

  • Water removal services
  • Water damage remediation and repairs
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Emergency water damage restoration

Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City for water removal in Downtown Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (773) 337-3993.

Need Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings in Chicago – Call SERVPRO

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

"Got Mold? Call SERVPRO" Mold is a serious issue that should be taken care of right away. Don't wait, call in the experts at SERVPRO!

SERVPRO is Your "Official Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator." For Mold Remediation

You may realize there is a mold problem in your Chicago commercial building when someone notices a musty odor in the air. Mold infestations can occur in your building where the right conditions come together – warmth, moisture, and a food source. A small water leak causing high humidity is usually the cause, and suddenly you have a mold infestation in one area of your structure which can spread to other sites. Mold can cause health effects for customers, employees, or suppliers exposed to mold spores.

SERVPRO provides commercial mold remediation in Chicago, and we are an "Official Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator." Our highly trained mold and water damage restoration specialists are available to contain the infestation and prevent mold spores from migrating to other areas of your commercial building. Many solutions are considered, including establishing negative pressure areas to prevent mold spores from contaminating additional commercial space while we remove contaminated items and clean your contents and structure.

Our SERVPRO team understands how important it is to avoid any restrictions to normal operations. In addition to establishing negative pressure rooms, and clean rooms, we also:

  • Identify the source of the moisture to curtail further humidity issues and future mold infestations.
  • Remove porous materials, which include fabrics, drywall, carpeting, and insulation.
  • Clean mold from non-porous materials such as glass, metal, plastics using HEPA vacuums or wiping with a detergent solution.
  • Semi-porous materials such as wood and concrete are cleaned using abrasive approaches.
  • Wood structures heavily infested with long-term exposure may need to be removed and replaced.
  • We clean all surfaces beginning from top to bottom, capturing mold spores as they settle downward.
  • Cleaning is completed in the direction of the negative airflow machines.
  • Everything is dried using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City, your "Official Downtown Chicago Licensed Operator." for mold remediation in Chicago and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (773) 337-3993.

Production Facility Upgrade Expands Options Offered by SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Large warehouse with white floor covering and an employee working on a lift New Hub of Operations in Downtown Chicago

Dedicated contents restoration space raises the bar for the seven Zubricki SERVPRO franchises in or near Chicago 

Patricia (Pat) and Frank Zubricki are proactively supporting the needs of their growing SERVPRO businesses by purchasing a large, conveniently located industrial building for additional equipment inventory, contents cleaning operations, and administrative space. Just minutes from Midway International Airport, with easy access to I-55, the 61,000 square foot facility will serve as a hub to support their seven Chicagoland locations. notes that improvements and renovations are in the works.

"It's an ideal central location," according to Pat, who identifies the continued exponential growth of their customer base as the impetus for the project. Having received the designation of Official Downtown Chicago Licensed Operators, they can be engaged with multiple large commercial projects at any given time. Pat and Frank’s future vision for their SERVPRO franchises is to continue to support their expanding Chicagoland customer base with top-notch restoration services for commercial and residential victims of water, fire, storm, mold damage.

Rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City for disaster interventions, calling (773) 337-3993 24/7 to schedule an assessment.

Who Can Businesses Call in Downtown Chicago to Recover from the Aftermath of Flood Damage?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in office SERVPRO can dry any level of your downtown office. Call us today.

Rely on SERVPRO of Marquette /West Lawn /Ford City for Comprehensive Flood Restoration of Commercial Properties

Flood damage in downtown Chicago poses challenges for the owners and managers of the city’s more than 1,300 multilevel commercial and mixed-use buildings. Achieving flood restoration in Chicago Loop high-rises is a massive undertaking requiring scalable work crews and fleets of state-of-the-art equipment.

How Does SERVPRO Prepare for Chicago Commercial Flooding Emergency Services?

Water damage remediation professionals from SERVPRO serving downtown Chicago respond to the intensity, areas affected, and source of your water clean up crisis. Advanced Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training plus experience as part of SERVPRO’s Large Loss Recovery team gives our team the confidence to manage significant flooding events efficiently. Water damage repairs can involve upper levels down to basement flooding in an office building, retail center, or apartment building, linked to the following disasters and more:

  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Burst Pipes
  • Waste Pipe Clogs
  • Overland flash flooding after torrential rainstorms 

Can Your Chicago Business Plan to Improve Flood Restoration Outcomes?

Prospectively partner with our SERVPRO management and crews by developing an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) before the need for water damage restoration. Contact us for a no-obligation assessment, so our technicians hit the ground running with sufficient resources when you call for commercial building and basement flooding cleanup

Designation as an Official Downtown Licensed Operator confirms SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is ready to restore substantial urban commercial flooding. Expect a prompt and appropriately staffed and equipped response when you call (773) 337-3993.

How Are SERVPRO's Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Services Helping Downtown Chicago Businesses?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO's certified technicians are ready and available to assist with fire damages 24/7.

Why Downtown Chicago Businesses Trust SERVPRO for the Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration of Their Establishments 

Fire and smoke damage can cause significant losses in terms of property and time for Downtown Chicago business owners. Professional fire and smoke damage restoration services from SERVPRO can help limit the damage and save time. Our experienced and trained experts can get your Downtown Chicago business up and running in no time. 

Smoke damage is often a challenge for mitigation experts after a fire. Particles of smoke are less than 10 micrometers in diameter and can get lodged in porous surfaces, making them difficult to remove. Trying to clean these particles by yourself can only worsen the extent of damage by driving the particles deeper into the surface. SERVPRO restoration experts of Downtown Chicago have the proper equipment and expertise to eliminate them without adversely affecting the surface. 

What Cleaning Products SERVPRO Experts Use for Smoke Remediation of Your Downtown Chicago Business? 

SERVPRO fire restoration experts use various cleaning products to clean smoke particles from your Downtown Chicago establishment, including:

  • Dry cleaning solvents- Petroleum-based solvents, used to clean lightly soiled fabrics
  • Volatile dry solvents- Evaporate quickly, leaving no residue. SERVPRO experts use them for the removal of carbon and soot particles
  • Wood oil soaps- Contain mild detergents and ideally suited for finished wood surfaces
  • Carpet and Upholstery cleaners- Blend of detergents and solvents that work well on all kinds of fabrics

Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 for a 24/7 fire and smoke damage restoration service. 

Wondering How to React to Flood Damage Affecting Your Chicago Business?

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged office; protective plastic on unaffected carpet, SERVPRO tech pointing to water damage on wall; Ice damming caused this water damage. SERVPRO was able to isolate the source and restore the property.

SERVPRO Helps through Timely Intervention to Save Chicago Businesses from Flood Damage

Adverse weather such as rainstorms coupled with the inadequacies of aging or overwhelmed infrastructure can lead to severe flooding. Flood damage is more than just an inconvenience because it can lead to costly repair bills and shutdown revenue collection.

If flood damage affects your Chicago business premises, taking immediate remedial action is essential, although it is not always easy. For instance, although you may notice filthy floodwaters rising around the items in your store, you might need to wait for floodwaters outside the structure to recede before you can take action. Involving a professional flood restoration company immediately you are aware of the flooding can help you avoid several issues that crop up after flooding, including the need for:

  • Rodent cleanup services
  • Biohazard remediation
  • Disinfecting companies

SERVPRO, for example, helps by spraying EPA-registered disinfectants directly into the floodwaters pooling in your store. We also board up openings to keep out small animals that may try to seek refuge in your facility. Such actions, when done promptly, help keep flood damage minimal.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City has sufficient resources to handle flood damage. Call us at (773) 337-3993.

Can You and Your French Bulldog Team Up for Chicago Fun on a Friday Night?

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

four french bulldog puppies It will be exciting to see the community enjoying Frenchie Fridays!

No Need to Compromise -- Celebrate at a Chicago Frenchie Meet-Up and Happy Hour January 22, 2021!

Sit Local, a Dog Lounge, invites French Bulldogs and their owners to fabulous Frenchie Fridays. Humans need masks, and pups need to mind their manners during the two Happy Hours of the event. Bring your own beverages, snacks, and treats, and let your little buddies romp while you share the delights these jaunty canines bring to you and other owners.

Sit Local provides the space and appropriate supplies to clean up after any doggy doings.

  • Space limited to 10 owners at a time, Fridays only
  • Reserve for $15 on Chicago Eventbrite -- Frenchie Fridays!
  • Date And Time

Friday, January 22, 2021, and ongoing Fridays

7:30 – 9:30 PM 

  • Location

SIT Social

3920 North Ashland Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613

In search of Chicago water restoration companies for your business? SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford Cityat (773) 337-3993 offers fast and reliable help, so you and your beloved Frenchie need not miss any after-work shenanigans.

Chicago Recognized as an International Hub for Many Industries

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon photo of female in SERVPRO car Call Patricia Our Proud SERVPRO Owner for Commercial Water Removal in the Greater Chicago Area

A Tourist Mecca with Over 58 Million Tourists in 2018

Chicago was incorporated in 1837. The city grew along Lake Michigan's shores and became attractive as a transportation hub between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi watershed. Chicago connected the American Midwest all the way to New Orleans via the Mississippi and the Great Lakes leading to the St Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Chicago's population is approximately 2.7 million people, while the greater metropolitan area provides a home to over 10 million people. Some fast facts about the city:

  • The Chicago Fire left 100,000 homeless and devastated several square miles in 1871
  • Chicago School of Architecture developed the steel-framed skyscraper design
  • The city is an international hub for telecommunications, technology, transportation, and finance
  • Creation of the first standardized futures contracts
  • The city is host to many Fortune 500 companies
  • Many landmarks to visit including universities, sports facilities, zoo's and cultural venues
  • Steamboats initially traveled the canal between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River in 1848
  • Al Capone initiated the St Valentines massacre in 1929
  • Today Chicago is a powerhouse of activity with many attractions and business opportunities

Marquette Park is the largest park on the southwest side of Chicago. Similarly, Ford City is the largest mall also located on the southwest side, and the area of West Lawn is one of Chicago's 77 official community areas with a diverse population.

Inexpensive Attractions in the City

There are many interesting attractions for residents and visitors in the city. We will list a few of them in this post and delve into several of the more interesting ones. Here they are:

  • Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Ice skating at Maggie Daley Park
  • See the Chicago Christmas tree
  • Visit the RBG Exhibit (Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  • Shop the Magnificent Mile and view the light festival
  • Tour a museum for free
  • Tour the 606 – the elevated trail connecting neighborhoods
  • Walk along the Chicago River Walk
  • Join a Greeter Tour of Chicag0's diverse neighborhoods

Tour the 606 Trail—very unique

Take an abandoned industrial railway train line, convert it into a 2.7-mile elevated trail system connecting parks, scenic views, an observatory, public art displays, and four of the cities hippest neighborhoods. This is the 606, which got its name from the common numbers of the west side zip codes. The communities connected by the trail are – Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and Humbolt Park. The 606 is an ideal trail system to enjoy the day, exercise, commute from one area to another, or enjoy one of the many art displays.

There are also community events, such as bonfires, workouts, art displays, and even astronomy nights. Along the way, residents and visitors can also enjoy:

  • Exelon Observatory – enjoy sunset views as well as regular astronomy nights
  • Julia De Burgos Park – an excellent place for kids with a variety of play structures and a long sitting wall
  • Damen Arts Plaza – enjoy rotating public art exhibits
  • Park No. 567 and Walsh Park – enjoy special events and outdoor sports activities

The city supports a rich culture captured by the cities 18 museums. Whether you are interested in communications, surgery, the holocaust, science, history, art, or photography, there is something for everyone.

If you are interested in Chicago history, the Chicago History Museum is an excellent place to start. The museum was incorporated in 1857. However, the initial building was lost in the great Chicago fire of 1871. The museum occupied temporary buildings until 1896. Since 1896, the museum has grown by leaps and bounds to become a major exhibit for the cities history today. There are online exhibitions as well as onsite exhibitions for visitors to enjoy. Also, there are rotating temporary displays as well as permanent exhibits. Visitors to the museum can enjoy a varied experience each time they visit.

For example, some of the temporary exhibits currently on display include:

  • Modern by Design – Chicago Streamlines America
  • American Medina
  • Remembering Dr. King

A popular permanent exhibit takes viewers through some of the significant events in the city’s history. The Great Chicago Fire, the Worlds Columbian Exposition, Maxwell St in the 50s, construction of the Sears Tower in the 70s, significant sports victories, and view President Obama's victory speech. The film runs 27 minutes and brings to life some of these significant events in the city's life.

Abraham Lincoln considered Chicago as his second home. The exhibit, Lincoln's Chicago, depicts lithograph views of the city during the 1860s, some of his contemporaries. This exhibit is also a permanent exhibit.

There are many more activities to see and do at the museum as well as in the city. Plan your vacation or stay-vacation and visit one of these interesting and exciting venues.

Remove Water and Moisture, Get Your Business Back Online Fast

Anytime a commercial business is offline due to water in the premises, it usually means lost revenue, spoiled goods lost customers, and lost staff wages. SERVPRO understands the importance of being onsite quickly to help manage the water situation. Our motto is, "We're Faster To Any Size Disaster."

Clients can call us 24/7, seven days a week. We will mobilize our technicians and equipment to meet any size of water removal requirement. Every disaster is tailored to the needs of the client and the situation. Large water removal situations require more resources than smaller ones. SERVPRO follows a time-proven formula to ensure our customers can return their commercial business to service as quickly as possible:

  • Inspect and Assess the damage
  • Mobilize removal and water extraction resources
  • Dry and dehumidify the area to return the humidity to normal levels
  • Clean and make repairs as needed
  • Restore water damaged structure and contents as needed

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City provides water removal apt. to Chicago commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (773) 337-3993. We are available 24/7 to help with all your water removal needs.

Enjoy an Autumn Chicago Pizza Tour

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees sitting in a room. SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City looks forward to seeing our community enjoying the local events, especially when food is involved.

Chicago Locals and Tourists Alike Can Enjoy Quality Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago is renowned the world over for its delicious and unique deep-dish pizza. Chicago pizza started after Ike Sewell turned two historic mansions in the River North neighborhood into pizza parlors: Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due. The Chicago-style pie was concocted at Pizzeria Uno in 1943.

So, here is relevant information about this Mud City event:

    • The tour starts at Pizzeria Uno.

    • An expert guide will happily fill you in on the history of Chicago’s pizza scene.

    • Both meat and vegetarian options are available.

    • The tour ends at Gino’s Brew Pub, another acclaimed deep-dish pizza parlor.

Tours embark on Saturdays and Sundays through December 27 and are designed for both tourists and locals. Whether you are vacationing with a significant other or bringing the kids along, this family-friendly pizza smorgasbord is sure to leave everyone smiling.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is proud to serve the businesses contributing to local food tours and other events. Call (773) 337-3993 if your Chicago pizza parlor requires commercial mold remediation.

Why Do I Need Professional Restoration After a Water Leak in My Chicago Office Space?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Restoration Companies Limit Secondary Damage – Call SERVPRO to Your Chicago Business for Clean Up

Even if you only notice a small leak from the plumbing in your Chicago office, you need to ensure all moisture gets removed as soon as possible. Failing to locate and dry out all moisture pockets can create hidden damage that becomes costly in a short period. SERVPRO features highly trained water restoration technicians (WRT) that quickly get to the heart of the water damage. From there, we work on drying the office and ensuring relative humidity levels get back to normal.

When you call water restoration companies in Chicago like SERVPRO, you have a broad range of services available to you. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your business will see little or no downtime. You can count on us for:

  • Emergency water damage mitigation
  • Content management services
  • Rapid water removal
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Controlled demolition and reconstruction services

Rapid, efficient mitigation is the key to avoiding costly damages and working to preserve as much of the structure of your office space as we can. Waiting too long to have a crew get started can further damage building materials and create the perfect atmosphere for mold and bacterial growth.

Why Should I Choose SERVPRO?

For commercial and residential applications, we feature a Green Fleet of vehicles loaded with the latest tools and equipment. Our staff is comprised of IICRC-certified technicians with all the industry knowledge to ensure your business is back up and running faster than any DIY methods can achieve. 

When you need help from water restoration companies, you can trust that SERVPRO of Marquette Park/West Lawn/Ford City will be there in less than four hours after your initial phone call. We can be reached at (773) 337-3993 for 24/7 emergency water restoration services.

What Can Professional Restorers Do to Protect My Business After a Water Loss?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Our Professionals Keep Your Chicago Shop Up and Running While Addressing Water Recovery's Pressing Needs 

Running a shop in Chicago can have its fair share of stresses and severe circumstances from one year to the next. You cannot predict or plan for emergencies like water losses that can happen suddenly and spread quickly throughout your building. It is always wise to anticipate the appropriate professionals you need to restore these losses and get you back to running at your full capacity in these circumstances. 

Many look to our SERVPRO team to help address water damage in Chicago's commercial properties, especially the small shops and boutiques that had such a personal and unique flair to our city. Because these circumstances can become devastating, it is advisable to secure professional restoration services as soon as possible. Our professionals work to live up to our motto that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster so that no customer waits longer than they should for our experienced restorative actions. This same fast reaction is vital in protecting your business and its contents/wares from irreparably becoming damaged. 

How Fast Do Professionals Arrive?  

There is no mistaking the benefit of a fast response when a professional restoration is necessary. Our technicians work to provide an unrivaled response during an emergency, so vital efforts like mitigation and emergency services can begin within your initial call hours. Several strategies are always in place to help our experience technicians mobilize once we get notified of an active water damage disaster. Some of the strategies to quickly dispatch our experienced professionals include: 

  • READY Trailers – Ready trailers are a strategy that has proven effective for the many years that we have been serving the city. Because water losses are a typical call out for our professionals, we keep production vehicles stocked with the appropriate tools and equipment necessary for drying, extraction, and other restorative actions. 
  • 24/7 Availability – Disasters do not wait for a convenient time to strike, so we remain prepared for whatever might occur. With most of our professionals accredited with water restoration certifications, we have experienced professionals who can quickly reach your shop when you need it. 
  • Trained Roster of Water Restorers – This training and education serve to provide confident and reliable responses to commercial customers.  

What Can Be Done to Prevent Closures? 

We understand that if possible, you want your Chicago business to remain open despite the water damage restoration that must occur. In some situations, this is not impossible. With the right response happening quickly, we can often establish the appropriate containment and other protocols that prevent customers from encountering restoration as that occurs and eliminates cross-contamination with other areas of your shop unaffected by the water damage. Much like emergency services that seek to reduce the severity of the loss that your shop experiences, our actions keep your business open despite its water loss. Some of these include: 

  • Containment – Containment can often Mean several different approaches, depending on the situation. In most of these situations where water loss is spreading through your building's main shop area, we can build a framework with plastic sheeting that establishes set drying zones to make restoration more efficient and prevent foot traffic through the work area. 
  • Content Management – The protection of your wares is also essential whenever our professionals first arrived at the water-damaged building. The stock in your store is your profit and investment, so content management seeks to reduce irreparable damage to these items with on-site cleaning and recovery solutions. 
  • Working with Customer – We do not know your business as you do. We often refer to the priorities you create to restore and recover your shop after a water loss period. We focus on the areas you deem to matter most to exceed your expectations with the restoration services we provide. 

How Can Water Loss Get Dried Up in Containment Zones?  

While the circumstances might change from one site to the next, drying is necessary for every water loss. Through the use of multiple tools working together, we can work to regulate the three primary elements of drying science: 

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Airflow 

We have restoration technicians and commercial contractors that can help from content management to complete repairs and build back. Give our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team a call anytime that you need us at (773) 337-3993.

Should I Prepare for Fire Damage Restoration in My Chicago Business?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

green mobile app screen SERVPROs ERP mobile app makes it easier to deal with fire and any other restoration needed to be done to your Chicago business.

SERVPRO Urges Chicago Business Owners to Partner with Us, Collaborating on an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to Streamline Fire Restoration

It is often said that you should not borrow trouble, but as a Chicago business owner, you cannot afford to fail to get resources lined up in case a fire or other disaster occurs. Although many of the issues we see among fire scenes in commercial properties share commonalities, we know we can deliver the best results if we have in-depth knowledge of your physical layout and business operation details.

How Do I Set Up an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for Fire Restoration in My Business?

Contact SERVPRO at your earliest convenience to invite experienced project managers to learn more about your building and your business. We walk through your property, taking pictures and making notes about the basic blueprint, including the location of utility lines and shutoffs, recesses where damaging contaminated water and residues could collect after a fire in your Chicago business. We explain in detail how we would likely manage fire restoration in your space. A unique feature of our assessment is the set of recommendations we generate after the walk-through, listing adaptations, maintenance, and repairs to lessen the chance of a disaster and minimize the effects if one does occur.

How Can I Help SERVPRO Get the Information Needed to Restore My Business After a Fire?

Take the time to use the ERP mobile app to fill in details about your operations. Any data you provide makes the concise, digital document we create as a team more personalized and relevant to your circumstances. Listing the vendors and contractors who helped shape your systems and installed your equipment gives us an excellent reference during the restoration phase. Our build back services set us apart. Your full disclosure allows us to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Join forces with SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to give yourself peace of mind with a response plan crafted together with seasoned disaster restoration professionals. Call  (773) 337-3993 to schedule an assessment with one of our ERP specialists.

What Should You do When you Encounter Water Damage in Chicago Schools?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Municipal Water Losses in the Chicago Area? SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Recovery

When you are responsible for the upkeep of any of the Chicago area schools, you have to become prepared for whatever incident could occur. While many of the situations that you face can get rectified by the custodial staff that the institution employs, it is critical to understand when a situation is out of the wheelhouse and abilities of this limited staff. Water loss incidents can cause a great deal of damage initially, not to mention, continue to cause lingering effects to the facility if they do not get correctly restored.

One of the things that you need to keep in mind when determining your need for water removal services for your Chicago school is the severity of the situation. What you might not know, is that water damage can spread far from the source of the problem and into areas that you cannot readily see. The longer it takes to address the problem, the worse it continues to become. It is why our commitment to the clients we serve is the slogan used every day that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. We partner with many regional and local municipalities to grapple with water loss to structures.

One of the things that you have to consider about the facility itself is the students and families affected by a disaster like this if the school has to get canceled for the problem to get resolved. Our efforts might limit or eliminate the amount of time that this has to happen altogether, working around students and staff to continue restoration work while educational efforts continue.

Another factor that you might want to consider is the contents of the affected rooms. With many wooden shelving units and drywall used in the construction of your school, these materials are very susceptible to oversaturation and failure. Our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise to assess the stability of these materials and determine if they can get restored or if they require replacement.

Requiring water removal services for your school is something that no superintendent wants to have to experience, but unfortunately, this is something that you should have a plan in place to handle. Our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City team of experienced technicians can respond quickly and help to limit the time that your facility has to close its doors for restoration. Give us a call anytime at (773) 337-3993.

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How Does SERVPRO Restore Commercial Fire Damage in Chicago?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

close-up of flames and fire burning Fire damage does not need to spread through an entire venue to affect operations and profits.

Chicago Fire Restoration Professionals Discuss Remediation Techniques for Your Business

Chicago enjoys many tourists who come to see the many attractions in our Windy City. While nearly all venues now forbid smoking on the premises, this cannot guarantee that guests always adhere to such rules. With a high number of guests, the chances increase that one might decide to smoke nevertheless and then cause a fire when disposing of the 'evidence.'

Whenever a tourism-related business in Chicago suffers from commercial fire damage, the toll felt affects many guests, travel agents, and related businesses. Although someone might spot a fire and put it out quickly, the smoke damage can cause problems, also. Fire damage does not need to spread through an entire venue to affect operations and profits. This is why SERVPRO technicians restore damaged properties of any size, and with any scope of fire damage.

When we receive a call to restore a shop, hotel, restaurant, or other business after a fire created a mess, we arrive ready to get the work started. While we assess the situation thoroughly first, we know that time constraints affect the results. We want to exceed your expectations on how your business looks when we finish. Our dedication to helping our customers keeps us attentive to details and continually focused on working as a team.

Removing charred and burnt materials serves different purposes – making way for the materials installed for restorative work, removal of soot-covered surfaces that produce bad odors, and elimination of water-soaked carpeting and drywall. Also, safety risks decrease upon elimination of exposed nails, wiring, and broken glass, making the area safe for restoration work.

After the completion of restoration work, we can ensure that no foul odors arise by using the latest techniques in odor elimination. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses different methods, depending on the types of materials that combusted during the fire, to keep odors from bothering your patrons.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City wants our community to enjoy a continuing robust tourist trade. Helping you provide what your clientele desires helps our community immensely. For any type or size of fire damage restoration work, no matter how complex, call us at (773) 337-3993 to reach our 24-hour service.

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Who Should I Call if My Chicago Retail Store Needs Water Removal Fast?

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

clothing retailer boutique When water damage affects your business, time is of the essence. Contact team SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Sanitizes Chicago Businesses During Commercial Water Removal Services

Operating a large retailer presents unique challenges compared to many other types of businesses in Chicago. Even with meticulous maintenance routines, disaster can strike and render your facilities unsafe until it can be professionally cleaned. All it takes is an obstruction in your plumbing to cause sewage backups that require thorough, commercial-grade mitigation.

When you need commercial water removal for your Chicago retail facility, SERVPRO techs are prepared to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including nights, weekends, and all holidays. This team adheres strictly to restoration industry standards and best practices, as determined by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Understanding Black Water Damage in Commercial Settings

There are three main categories of water damage, rated based on the cleanliness of the water:

  • Clean water damages are typically considered category 1 damages because the water is clean enough to drink and carries minimal additional risk.
  • Gray water, or category 2, damages, are those that come from relatively clean sources that might have substances mixed in. This can include soaps and detergents from appliance overflows.
  • Black water, or category 3, poses the most risk because of sanitary concerns. This can include plumbing failures that cause sewage backups, ground floods, wastewater, and even water damage from fish tanks.

SERVPRO’s Cleanup Measures for Commercial Water Damage

SERVPRO uses EPA-registered, OSHA-approved biocides to address category 3 water damage situations and restore your facilities to a clean and safe condition. Technicians are outfitted in IICRC-recommended personal protection equipment (PPE) during mitigation. Cleanup modalities can include removal of waste solids, spraying down surfaces with a broad-spectrum disinfectant solution, and grout cleaners for mitigating stains between tiles.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City uses professional mitigation tools to keep your commercial facilities looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (773) 337-3993 for cleanup that can get you back to business quickly and safely.

Commercial Water Damage in Your Chicago Office

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Manage Commercial Water Damage in Your Chicago Office Quickly to Prevent Serious Losses

Your office is one of the first places you interact with your existing and potential clients. The way people perceive your office can influence their decision on whether to work with your company or not. An unfortunate incident like water intrusion can ruin the professional environment of your office, turning away clients in the process.

The inconvenience of commercial water damage in your Chicago office is not merely the destruction it poses to the building and its contents; it is the aftermath that demands an immediate water removal plan. People base some of their decisions on how they feel. If you make them feel confident about your services and your business premises are well maintained, your potential clients can readily build a working relationship with your company. However, if they notice haphazard attempts to fix broken pipes, disorganized or damaged equipment, and a damp, musty odor, they may perceive that you do not take pride in your office.

Water damage can bring normal office operations to a standstill. Remediating the issue is crucial so that you can continue with your daily operational duties that keep things moving forward, such as tracking orders, maintaining employee records. A water intrusion problem in your office can damage computers and networks, copiers, and faxes, among other essential equipment. If you have stored hard copies on-site, water can ruin vital records like order histories, employee information, and other documents.

If the water damage is severe, you may need to shut down the office for several days, which could affect your revenue. Your employees may also be out of work, and this can ruin their finances too. Such an incident can have a ripple effect that impacts many people. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you bring things in your office back to normal. We can remove the water and dry the affected areas within the shortest time possible.

Moisture in your office can contribute to mold development. Mold often grows in dark areas, areas with poor ventilation or behind surfaces like carpeting, subflooring, and drywall. Mold can cause health effects to the people working in the office. Our technicians can use penetrating moisture meters to test for moisture underneath wood flooring or inside walls. To check for moisture in challenging areas, we can use infrared cameras.

We can use axial air movers to increase the evaporation of moisture from affected surfaces. These air movers can move larger volumes of air and are therefore ideal for restoring commercial buildings. Our SERVPRO team can remove water vapor from the air using desiccant dehumidifiers. We offer quick and comprehensive restoration services at affordable costs.

If your office in Ford City, Marquette Park, or Gage Park has sustained water damage, SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City can clean up and restore it to its pre-incident state. Call us today at (773) 337-3993 to avoid ruining your reputation.

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Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

water on floor in commercial property A thorough cleanup is necessary after water loss incidents to guarantee convenience for customers.

The Resources That Ease Commercial Water Cleanup in Chicago Motels

Water loss incidents cause various problems, including staining and soiling in different parts of property by pushing debris from one location to another, necessitating various forms of cleaning. For a multistory building such as a motel, the water is likely to filter through the walls, affecting rooms on different floors. Cleaning up after such water loss requires different resources.

Having the Right Pump
Removal of any standing water is a crucial step in the early stages of commercial water cleanup from affected Chicago properties. Water is a universal solvent, and given time, it causes wide-ranging problems, including staining materials, compromising their structural integrity, or even sparking microbial growth.  With the right pump, it is possible to complete the removal fast and efficiently. For a high rise building, our SERVPRO technicians utilize portable extractors because they add an aspect of flexibility to the removal.  We can also use truck-mounted extractors, especially when there is no power at the loss site because the engine of the production vehicle powers them.

Cleaning Tools and Materials
The spilled water is likely to soil a wide range of materials and contents. For example, carpeted areas, draperies, or beddings in a hotel can be soiled by dissolved debris or stained by dyes from saturated materials, among other issues. Our SERVPRO crews utilize a wide range of cleaning resources. The water extractors we use have additional features such as heating capability, which helps us perform cleaning processes such as hot water extraction.  We also utilize a wide range of professional cleaning agents, including EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants and deodorizers. We usually add such products to the cleaning solution or apply them directly to subfloors, wall bottom plates, and other areas of the building.

Humidity Control Resources
Controlling humidity during the water removal and cleanup is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians set dehumidifiers in different parts of the building immediately after arriving at the site to regulate humidity during the cleanup and other restoration steps. We also dry excess moisture from materials and regulate humidity after finishing the process.

A thorough cleanup is necessary after water loss incidents to guarantee convenience for customers. Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Can Save Your Chicago Electronics Store After A Flood

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

interior of electronic store with computers Being reactionary is the best defense against the flood-damages inside of your store.

How to Help Your Chicago Electronics Store After Sustaining Flood Damage

Owning a store comes with a lot of responsibilities and concerns; and, if a severe thunderstorm brought flood damage to your Chicago property, it would give you, even more, to worry about. If you're trying to decide between replacing an old roof or not, consider what might happen if a flood did impact your electronics store.

Imagine a scenario where your Chicago store suffered flood damage. We can say that the leading cause of the flood was the roof. It was aging, and you guessed it probably had three or four years of life left to it before it needed replacement. However, what if your time estimate was wrong? What if a severe thunderstorm caused the roof to leak?

Being reactionary is the best defense against the flood-damages inside of your store. Here at SERVPRO, we believe in being reactionary too. Once our experts receive your call, our technicians can immediately gather together and travel to your home. We always aim to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. After arriving, we can immediately begin to investigate and map out a restoration-plan.

Let's say in this scenario, the back wall of your store, where you keep your televisions, has been impacted. The floor has various puddles spread out on it, and the ceiling panels are soaked. The walls are damp, and the televisions have visible water on them. The described situation may seem nightmarish, but SERVPRO can handle it.

First, we can remove the TVs and work with your insurance adjuster to begin a claim process for any ruined and damaged inventory and materials. From there, our SERVPRO techs can use wet/dry vacuums to clean up the puddled water. We can remove ceiling panels, any water-damaged linoleum floor tiles, and make flood cuts to the soaked walls. Our goal is to get the flood-damaged material out and minimize the chances of mold damage.

Once the damaged material has been removed, SERVPRO could then bring in drying equipment. We could use devices such as axial fans, heaters, and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure from the store. Finally, our technicians can then bring in new sheets of drywall and begin to reinstall, making the flood seem “Like it never even happened.”

If your business ever sustains flood damage, do not wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City by dialing (773) 337-3993. Whenever you find yourself in flood-damage trouble, we can be there.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Discuss Dry Cleaning Non-Washable Surfaces In Chicago

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire in a commercial property Call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 because our highly trained team can arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Commercial Fire Damage Professionals In Chicago Discuss Dry Cleaning Non-Washable Surfaces

If an inferno ever ignites inside your Chicago furniture store, many of your products or contents could be at risk of getting soiled or ruined. Your porous wall coverings can also get affected by smoke and soot making residue removal a major portion of any commercial fire damage project. The type of surface we are cleaning inside your store dictates whether we can use water-based detergents or if we must dry clean the item.

The general rule our experts use is that if the surface of an object is porous, we use dry cleaning techniques, and if it is non-porous, we use wet cleaning. When working on your commercial fire damage project in Chicago, our SERVPRO technicians know that wet cleaning porous surfaces can soak the soot deeper into them. Many of the contents and building materials inside your furniture store may contain porous surfaces such as vinyl or wallpaper. If your place of business only suffers from a small burn, then there may be steps you or your maintenance team can take to dry clean many of these porous surfaces.

Light soot residues and soils can sometimes easily be wiped away with a rag or a dry sponge. However, before agitating the soot, it is wise to conduct some pre-cleaning procedures. Vacuuming is one of these methods, and it can be used to clean off large soot particles from your furniture items or affected walls. You could use compressed air to blow the heavy soot off of the surfaces before you conduct your dry cleaning methods. In some scenarios, our SERVPRO experts recommend to pre-clean the affected items inside your furniture store with brushes to get some of the soot off.

After pre-cleaning your furniture store's affected surfaces, clean off the remaining soot with a dry sponge. Sponges do not use chemicals to remove soot. Instead, they use friction. Applying the sponge firmly to the affected surface can help release the soils. Sponges should not be used on glossy surfaces because they can smear the residues. The dry sponge also should not be used when attempting to clean greasy residues.

If even a small blaze starts in or near your furniture store in Brighton Park, Scottsdale, Gage Park, or Archer Heights, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 because our highly trained team can arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Can Dry Your Water Damaged Documents In Chicago

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Document Drying In Your Chicago Library

Water loss incidents that affect your Chicago library can be devastating to its shelves of irreplaceable works. Knowing how to handle situations where substantial water loss events can damage books and publications in your care can prevent the loss of a significant investment made by the county or private collectors. Even an abundance of moisture can compromise novels over a short period, so you need to reach out to professional restoration specialists like ours to get mitigation and recovery solutions started immediately.

One of the ways that our team can help with water cleanup in Chicago libraries is through document and publication recovery. We have advanced drying techniques with our contents department that can happen both on-site or in our nearby SERVPRO facility that can preserve affected books and other works you have stored on the shelves of the library. Freeze drying is often the method most trusted by our professionals for its fast turnaround and impressive results.

This process involves rapidly freezing the moisture-damaged books in the library inside of a chamber. With vacuums, the pressure gets reduced substantially within this area, and heat gets added into the equation. The frozen water can then evaporate without damaging the composition or the cellular integrity of the individual pages of the books or other works removed from the facility.

Our SERVPRO team must also address the saturation of areas like the flooring after a water loss incident in the library to prevent the continued exposure of these books and novels. We have advanced rapid drying solutions that can cover several thousand square feet with the use of multiple units simultaneously.

From plumbing breaches to water heater malfunctions, there are many sources of substantial water loss incidents that could impact your local library. To preserve both the building and its publications, seek out the experience and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City professionals. Give our specialists a call anytime that disaster strikes at (773) 337-3993.

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Our Team Is Here To Help If A Water Damage Emergency Occurs In Your Chicago Business!

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Cleanup For Your Chicago Business

A slow drip under a sink, leaking from your roof, or water stains on your ceilings are all signs there are water issues in your Chicago coffee shop. It doesn’t take much water to create damage to your building that is rather significant, and sometimes the problem can go unnoticed for a while until they become a much more substantial problem. Commercial properties often have more bathrooms than private ones, and therefore, have more plumbing to upkeep.

When you are a business owner, there are steps you can take to locate any issues that may be lurking before they become catastrophes. When you do find an issue, you need water damage restoration in your Chicago property from a professional company such as SERVPRO. We can find the problem and get your building promptly restored so you can get back to business as usual.

Begin with your kitchen/break rooms and bathrooms. The water lines behind toilets should be checked, as well as under sinks for drips. Make a note of any watermarks you see in the cabinets under sinks. Fridges with ice makers, dishwashers, and coffee makers/drink dispensers all use water, so make sure to check the plumbing connections on them.

When we arrive, SERVPRO staff find where the water source is coming from first. We can then use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to find and measure the amount of water and humidity in various building materials. If the water severely damages any drywall or other building materials, we remove them and replace them with new material.

In most cases, we do what we can to work around your staff and customers so as not to cause a significant interruption or shut down your shop. We understand that closed doors for any length of time means lost profits for you as a business owner.

You should also keep an eye on walls and floors, as a leaky roof doesn’t just present itself as a dripping ceiling. Water might travel down walls and across flooring. Also check your foundation, as this is an area which can get overlooked, but water damage can come from below as well. Look at your foundation and any the basement if applicable.

Be sure to trust your senses as well. If you notice any moldy or musty smells, try turning off any noises fans or machines and listen for rushing or dripping noises.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City wants to help you restore your business in Gage Park, Marquette Park, or Scottsdale when there is any water damage issue. Please give us a call at (773) 337-3993 as soon as you find or suspect a problem so we can get everything back to normal as soon as possible.

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We Keep Your Work Areas Clean While Restoring Your Space In Chicago

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Busted water pips Businesses often have pipes burst which causes significant water damage. Our experts are ready to help you with restoration 24/7.

Commercial Water Damage Specialists From Chicago Talk About Problems With Acoustic Ceilings

Problems associated with moisture can happen anywhere including your Chicago ice cream shop. If your roof ever happens to leak or a pipe breaks in a unit above yours, it is wise to notify a professional commercial water damage company such as SERVPRO. Water coming into your company's building from above can cause several different problems. If moisture comes into contact with your acoustic ceiling tiles they can quickly start to crumble and disintegrate. Problems with ceiling tiles are a common part of many commercial water damage projects.

When dealing with your specific business, our SERVPRO technicians know that sanitization is vital. When conducting any commercial water damage project in Chicago, especially inside an ice cream store, we take extra measures to make sure your work areas stay clean. If moisture happens to pour down from above, then we can use plastic to mask off your food prep tables as soon as we arrive at your place of business. Roofs that leak or moisture coming from a storefront above you, can detoriorate your ceiling tiles and cause them to crumble and fall to the ground.

Debris falling onto your prep table where your company prepares ice cream treats can cause you sanitary problems. If we notice that your acoustic ceiling tiles retained moisture, then we inspect them to see if they present fall hazards or if they can be saved with sturctural drying procedures. Since acoustic tiles are easily ruined by moisture and they are relatively inexpensive to replace, they often get removed when they are saturated.

If we ever have to remove materials that make up your ceiling, we make sure that we cover all areas below with heavy-duty plastic. Even if your ice cream preparation table has its own cover, we still make sure to mask off your equipment so that no contamination occurs. After the project gets completed, we clean and sanitize your entire ice cream shop. If you ever happen to notice water damage or moisture coming into your ice cream store from the ceiling, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 24 hours a day.

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Let Our Team Take Care Of Foul Odors After Your Chicago Property Experiences A Fire

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Clothes hanging on a clothes rack Thousands of structure fires take place in Chicago every year making your clothing store at risk.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts In Chicago Describe Odor Deodorization Procedures

Thousands of structure fires take place in Chicago every year making your clothing store at risk. Even if the fire starts somewhere else in the building you are leasing, you still may need to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO to mitigate your commercial fire damage problems. Fires account for about ten deaths and 45 injuries each year in the United States. Over eight percent of all structure fires take place on non-residential properties. When something burns, the smoke created can travel to other parts of a large retail building and cause commercial fire damage to your place of business.

Our SERVPRO technicians know that mitigating any smoke related issues from your clothing store is essential. During most commercial fire damage projects in Chicago, we complete soot removal and deodorization processes as a part of the restoration procedures. Even smoke from another location inside your retail building can make its way into your store and cause you problems with building materials and contents. Smoke first rises with heat; then it gets attracted to cooler surfaces. Once the partially combusted particles hit cooler surfaces inside your building, they solidify in the form of soot residues and soils.

The presence of soils and residues on some surfaces can cause them to deteriorate. Soot can also permanently stain some items when cleaning becomes impossible. The presence of soot and soils created by smoke can also cause unpleasant aromas to exist.

In most cases, our SERVPRO team can eliminate most odor issues when they clean and remove soot particles from your building. However, smoke can penetrate porous materials like fabrics very deeply causing foul odors to exist well after all soot residues have been cleaned from indoor surfaces. Since your clothing store has clothes that can hold unpleasant aromas we sometimes take specialized deodorization measures.

In some situations, we use an ultra-low volume fogger which mimics the behavior of smoke and dispenses small particles of chemicals into the porous materials. In other scenarios, we use an ozone machine that releases O3 particles into the air that attach with malodor particles and neutralize them. If you ever get negatively affected by the presence of smoke, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 any day of the week.

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Got Water Damage Troubles? Our Professionals Can Be Trusted To Restore Your Chicago Commercial Property!

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

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Team Up With SERVPRO Before You Need Help With Commercial Water Cleanup In Chicago

Smart business owners in Chicago have a backup for every negative contingency. Restaurants have secondary food service suppliers. Offices use modern cloud or other digital storage to save documents. Supervisors schedule subs or temporary workers for a broad array of employee absences. CFOs set aside reserve money in case expenditures go above budget. Businesses dealing with natural and other water disasters need a safety net as well. We help you build it.

If your Chicago business faces commercial water damage, the time it takes for a professional response quickly becomes part of the equation. Minimize the inspection and planning component of water remediation by developing an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) to streamline the steps we take to assist when you need our services.

Schedule an assessment to start the ERP process at your convenience. SERVPRO sends one of our experienced team members to view your property, evaluate possible vulnerabilities and strengths should a water disaster occur, sketch a layout, and make practical suggestions intended to limit the damage to your structure and its contents. We work hard to understand your operations so that we can plan how to keep at least some of the commerce flowing even while we attend to the water damage.

You help add details to the SERVPRO inspection by using our mobile app to complete the Emergency Ready Profile. Identify critical staff whom you designate to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the crisis. Show the locations of utility shutoffs. Provide a list of the vendors who sold and installed equipment and contractors who developed your systems. Consulting with those experts during water damage cleanup and restoration is useful and saves time and expense.

Once you and SERVPRO complete the components of the ERP, it just takes a few clicks to alert us that you need help. We then refer to a concise yet comprehensive digital plan to hit the ground running if your company has a water loss. This innovative and proactive approach to disaster planning pays off in many ways, including showing your customers you were ready for a catastrophe with a plan that limits the negative consequences they experience while we help you recover. Since 40 to 50 percent of companies that close temporarily to manage a disaster find themselves closing the doors to their enterprise permanently, being ready is essential to their longevity.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City welcomes the chance to work with your business on an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile. Call us at (773) 337-3993 to set up the initial consultation.

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When Faulty Plumbing Causes Water to Invade Your Chicago Office

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Broken copper pipe A small crack in a pipe can leak 250 gallons per day, causing a lot of damage to your office.

Commercial Water Damage Pros In Chicago Explain How Moisture Harms Building Materials

Pipes can break and leak at both your house and your Chicago office building which can ruin both your contents and structural materials. Plumbing system failures are the most common source of commercial water damage claims. Estimates show that on average, 10,000 gallons of water per year gets wasted due to leaks inside American homes. A crack in a pipe that is only an eighth inch wide can pour 250 gallons per day into your office complex. Once moisture starts soaking into building materials, commercial water damage restoration becomes necessary.  

The sooner you call in a professional mitigation company like SERVPRO the better off you are. Our team always arrives promptly, and we immediately begin restoring the commercial water damage inside your Chicago office. We first fix the initial pipe leak so that moisture stops entering the structure. We then make sure your office is safe for your employees and ours. Next, we inspect all areas of the building and figure out which areas got damaged.  

Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors and other equipment to take atmospheric readings. We determine how wet your building materials got and how far the water spread, and then we devise a plan to extract and rapidly dry out the affected areas.  

Water can be quite destructive once it starts to saturate building materials like carpet and drywall. Wet carpet can become detached from its backing forcing it to get removed. If drywall soaks up too much moisture, it must also be removed and replaced.  

Once moisture gets inside a structure, the relative humidity increases inside the dwelling. Elevated humidity levels can also cause secondary damage to regions of your office that did not get wet at first. If organic building materials stay wet for more than a few days, it creates a condition for mold develop.  

Our SERVPRO team knows that moisture-related problems can get worse if they go untreated for too long. After we set up our drying equipment on the first day, we return and test moisture levels each day and adjust the equipment as necessary. For a prompt response for all of your water-related issues, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 any time a disaster occurs.

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Commercial Water Damage After Sewer Backup In Your Chicago Business

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Large commercial buildings on a corner lot As your commercial building in Chicago ages, pipes get older as well, and sewer lines can get backed up.

Commercial Water Damage After Sewer Backup

As your commercial building in Chicago ages, pipes get older as well, and sewer lines can get backed up. Plus, employees usually do not treat facilities at work with the same amount of car as they would in their own home. Even though commercial sewer lines are made to withstand more wear and tear, they can still clog and back up. You have a staff who counts on you for a safe working environment, so if a sewer line does get backed up, acting quickly is essential.

When it comes to damage to your sewer lines in your Chicago business, time is of the essence. You need commercial water removal services as soon as possible before additional damage can occur. At SERVPRO, our staff has gone through extensive training and certification to do the job for you and do it right. We are available any time, day or night, and ensure that we return your business to its usual, safe working environment.

City sewer lines have what is known as Category 3 water, which is very hazardous to anyone who comes into contact with it. It can contain microbes, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can severely damage not only the health of you, your employers and your customers, but can also damage the indoor air quality.

SERVPRO techs understand the dangers present with this kind of water damage, and we wear the correct protective gear to ensure the safety of our workers during restoration. We also have the right equipment and tools to remediate the areas affected quickly. SERVPRO understands that every minute you are closed costs you money, so we act fast to help you out.

When we arrive at your site, we evaluate the damages and then communicate the plan for cleanup with you before we begin any work. We can quickly return your building to safe conditions and let you and your employers get back to work.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City works quickly, but carefully, to take care of your sewer backup issue in your business in Ford City, Scottsdale, or Brighton Park. As soon as a problem arises, give us a call at (773) 337-3993 so we can get a team out to you right away.

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Commercial Water Removal Technology In Chicago Saves Proprietors Money and Downtime

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Top-Rated Equipment Manned by Skill Technicians for Mitigating Water Damage

Many problems possibly occur when a pipe breaks inside your Chicago grocery store. Water many times damages products and building materials inside your store. If left unattended, excessive moisture sometimes causes mold growth or foul odors to exist.
Restoration work can inhibit business operations and causes your company a loss of revenue. SERVPRO's commercial water removal team in Chicago uses the industry's best technology to mitigate your problem with minimal strain on your business. The advanced tools and techniques we use allow us to change our operations to hinder your grocery store operations as little as possible and to salvage as much as possible of your foodstuffs.
The first step to any restoration project is to secure the area and make sure that the building is safe for your customers and your employees. The next step is to fix the problem from its source. For example, if the cause of the water problem is a broken pipe, then the water gets turned off, and a plumber comes in to fix the piping.
Then, we use specialized equipment to extract all of the water out of your store as possible. Depending on the situation, either a truck-mounted or portable extractor gets used. Truck-mounted systems usually get used when the amount of water is excessive because they have more vacuum power. To get into tight spaces or to go places without restricting foot traffic inside your store, often we use portable extractors. The size of our team depends on the volume of water.
SERVPRO's restoration technicians also have a choice between a few different types of extraction tools. If the amount of water is minuscule or the material is fragile, then light-weight extraction wands get used. However, if carpet inside your store gets saturated with moisture, then heavy-duty extraction tools get implemented to reduce agitation which possibly ruins the carpet. For retail shops with tile, wood, or vinyl flooring we make adjustments for the greatest expedition of water extraction.
After the extraction phase is complete, we attempt to dry out any remaining moisture. First, we test the building materials inside the store to see where drying is a necessity. To detect moisture within soft materials, we often use a moisture sensor. Moisture sensors have sharp probes on the bottom that we stick in carpet or upholstery and it notifies us if there is a presence of moisture.
To test moisture levels inside harder materials such as wood we sometimes use moisture meters. Moisture meters give us a moisture percentage of the material. We compare the numbers of an affected area to moisture levels of an area of your grocery store that did not get wet.
The monitoring equipment we use helps us determine when drying is needed and when it is complete. For professional help dry out your grocery store, call SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at (773) 337-3993 24 hours a day.

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Quality Fire Damage Mitigation Services Available In Chicago

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Clothes hanging on a clothes rack Contacting a qualified restoration company after fire damage occurs in your retail store can help even under the worst circumstances.

Fire Damage Mitigation Services

Operating a retail establishment in Chicago can be a difficult undertaking. After finding decent suppliers, you need to find the right location, promote your opening, and commence retail operations, providing an enjoyable experience that encourages customers to return on a regular basis.

Running a restoration company is quite similar. We take pride in providing the members of our local community with professional restoration services they can trust. Otherwise, they would never return to us should problems arise. With that said, contacting a qualified restoration company after fire damage occurs in your Chicago area business can help even under the worst circumstances.

SERVPRO can handle any size job, everything from small storage fires to full structure fires. We offer emergency response teams year-round, making us available whenever needed to respond to situations that threaten regular operations. We help local companies like yours recover from emergency and environmental situations as quickly and efficiently as possible.

After looking at the damage to your property for the first time, you may think most of the damage is permanent. However, that may not necessarily be true. Most of the time, smoke and soot residues often leave an undesirable appearance and odor behind. SERVPRO technicians treat each surface and material separately, often cleaning, restoring, and deodorizing a variety of assets that you thought lost forever.

Everything in your retail store can benefit from inspections performed by a fully-certified IICRC technician. SERVPRO can provide you with cleaning and restoration services using advanced equipment and resources that make getting your company back up and running, faster. We use water extractors of all shapes and sizes to remove water used to douse the flames and have an advanced drying, cleaning, and repair services available to provide you with one-stop solutions to fire damage on your property.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City has a fully-trained staff waiting to assist with your retail store’s recovery. Call us anytime for quality fire-damage restoration services you can count on, today (773) 337-3993.

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Chicago Kitchen Fires Do Not Have To Threaten Your Profit

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

A man pulling bread out of a commercial oven Chicago Fires In Bakeries, Shops, and Businesses Get Fast Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can "Turn-Over" Your Fire Damaged Bakery or Eatery Fast

Your Chicago bakery is a staple of the community, but even the best of bakers can make a mistake or two in the kitchen. When a small kitchen fire breaks out in your business, the fire itself might be simple to contain, but its lingering effects can make it difficult to keep customers coming in. Resolving these issues takes a lot of time when you do not actively seek out professional assistance.
Fire damage to your Chicago bakery can come in several different varieties. Your priority is to keep customers wanting to come into your shop and buy your goods, so understanding how professional restoration can aid in accomplishing this should help you come to this conclusion. Our experienced and courteous staff understand the value of time for your business and work quickly to ensure that our efforts mitigate your overall profit losses from the incident.
Since baked goods are the fare that you offer the city, you have no doubt understood that fires could produce harsh scents that overpower and nullify your enticing aroma and replace it entirely with a noxious smoke smell. Removing this lingering odor is sure to aid in reeling customers back into your establishment, and our SERVPRO technicians have state of the art equipment to do just that.
With the use of artificial ozone machines fitted with HEPA filters or portable dense fogging machines, our professionals can create a chemical reaction with the foul-smelling molecules that neutralize them. The result is the absence of a scent at all, which is precisely the foothold that you can utilize with your latest batch of creations.
Depending on the severity of the damage to your kitchen area, your cooking space might not be entirely ready for you to get back to baking. With the use of wet or dry scrubbing equipment, our SERVPRO restoration specialists can remove smoke damage from surfaces, equipment, and fabrics to ensure that your kitchen is as ready as you are to resume the work that needs to get done.
While fire damages might leave you in need of professional assistance, you always have SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City to help you overcome any emergency. You can reach our experienced technicians 24/7 at (773) 337-3993.

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Commercial Water Damage and Your Chicago Deli

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

A diner with mustard, ketchup, and napkin dispenser on tables SERVPRO is trained and ready to restore your commercial space after water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Thorough Water Damage Cleanup to Keep Your Business Ready for Customers

Delis provide quick but nutritious food to Chicago residents and tourists alike. Providing the best requires a clean environment, while customer demand also dictates an inviting atmosphere. Fresh-looking paint, a lack of rust and corrosion on kitchen and dining fixtures, and great lighting all help deliver this to your customers. 

When a Chicago deli has commercial water damage, it can deter customers and make profits plummet drastically. Investing in the upkeep of any business should include both repairs and improvements. SERVPRO can help remove water-damaged materials so improvement projects can stay on schedule. We also provide the services needed to restore your business after damage takes place, ensuring that it once again looks “Like it never even happened,” and preserving your trademark look.

Trained, so they receive IICRC certifications, our technicians soon gain hands-on experience in every stage of restoration work. We do more than just the tear-outs and removal of materials. We also make sure that your establishment is ready to serve customers again. We know you must pass various inspections during the year and can help make sure water damage does not pose any obstacles.

Our Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician (FCT) makes sure that often overlooked areas receive the care and attention they require. Different flooring throughout your deli can suffer from water damage in different ways. Carpeting can stretch and develop loose areas, while hardwood floors can warp and splinter, creating trip and fall hazards. Linoleum and tile can become loose and begin to disintegrate.

Walls and ceilings also show signs of water damage, making your deli seem dirty and unfit to serve food. New paint can sometimes sufficiently cover up slight water damage, but many times, stains bleed through soon after, wasting the new paint as well as the labor involved. When paint flakes or blisters, removing it can reveal disintegration of the walls underneath. This calls for new installation of drywall to solve the problem. Ceilings may sustain problems from tenants above your business, or directly from a leaky roof. We can discuss the best method to resolve this type of situation with the property owner, so future damage does not occur.

SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City is a service dedicated to helping other local businesses remain strong assets to our local economy. Whenever water damage or other problems develop at your business, call us for 24-hour services at (773) 337-3993.

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A Professional Relationship That May Save Your Department Store Or Retail Establishment In Chicago

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

A woman in a blue suite on ladder with a red umbrella shielding rain drops in front of a cityscape Damages to a Chicago Business from Water Re-Open Faster with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Helps Keep Businesses Open After Water Damage

Department stores and retail establishments throughout the surrounding area should consider developing a relationship with local restoration providers early on, this way you have an opportunity to give the company you choose any pertinent information that helps them gain access to your building and provide the services your business needs to survive an emergency situation.
Often enough, water damage cases in the Chicago area require access to a professional restoration company that provides 24-hour emergency services that help keep your business running, limit exposure to inventory, which helps prevent additional damages from forming and large-loss situations from occurring.
SERVPRO technicians have the ability to answer your call and begin handling your emergency situation immediately, the information you provide and the preparations you make directly impact the success of the restoration services you require, especially during water damage situations where time is such a major factor.
With a water damage event occurring on your property, you only have 24 to 48-hours to get things under control before the possibility of mold contamination and additional damages to structural materials begin to develop. Hesitating can cause severe damages to develop that have a chance of affecting the entire contents of your structure.
Moisture hidden in your walls can cause walls to warp and ceilings to sag. With enough exposure; water can do far more damage than simply removing a little sheetrock in a few locations around your building. It can cause warping in flooring, cracks in your foundation and a variety of significant issues that require professional attention to correct.
SERVPRO can provide you with any of the services you need to gain control of the water damage event affecting your business and provide you with additional services that are specifically designed to help save as much of your inventory and as many of your assets as possible.
SERVPRO services involve much more than using water extractors to remove standing water, or providing air dryers and advanced cleaning services. The services we provide could mean the difference between losing an entire store of merchandise and going out of business or re-opening within a couple of days putting this horrible event behind you.
Give SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City a call today to begin building a professional relationship that could make the difference between saving or closing your business. (773) 337-3993

Mold Damage Remediation Is On The Menu In Your Chicago Bed And Breakfast

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Heart shaped eggs, cookies, and coffee cup Protect Your Chicago Bed & Breakfast from Mold by Calling SERVPRO

SERVPRO Keeps Your Business Open with Immediate Mold Remediation

Your guests look forward to relaxing in a clean and unique setting when they book a room at your B & B. If hidden water damage transforms your comfortable jacuzzi suites into musty smelling hosts for microbial activity instead, get SERVPRO on site for a mold remediation inspection. Plumbing leaks or overly humid air in an unvented bathroom can provide the moisture for mold colonies to grow. Taking charge of mold growth is not a do it yourself project, particularly when your paying customers expect luxurious yet quaint accommodations. Speedy and successful mold remediation requires professional attention for the safety and peace of mind of both you and your guests.

The unpleasant smell and appearance of mold damage in your Chicago bed and breakfast can result from a wide range of causes. Our inspectors only stop when the mold infestation is found, contained, and safely removed. Proper remediation then requires the areas where mold was found be vacuumed with HEPA filters and damp wiped with suitable products to eliminate as many settled and airborne spores as possible. The water source that fed the mold must then be repaired to avoid more growth in the future. Because mold is spread by microscopic particles, cleaning techniques that you or your household staff typically use to maintain your guest rooms have the potential to make things worse rather than better. Contact a mold specialist to manage this challenging problem.
Mold damage in the lodging industry needs the attention of an expert in the restoration field. The SERVPRO technicians assigned to your microbial infestation job will have specific training in EPA approved methods to return your guest rooms and baths back to a safe and musty odor free condition. Visible or odor-causing microbial activity in your B & B will make guests uneasy and feel as though they have not received value for their money. Mold exposure also can be risky for susceptible individuals, causing fear in all of your guest’s minds, although only a physician can determine if mold has caused a health effect. Your hard work to create an inviting refuge for travelers will be wasted if you do not get the prompt, professional help we offer for mold damage.
Keep the reviews of your bed and breakfast upbeat and encourage future bookings by calling SERVPRO of Marquette Park / West Lawn / Ford City at first sight or smell of mold damage. (773) 337-3993